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Stewartn

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Drippless
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:47:55 AM »

Catalina #1472, '34 MK II, built o/a 2000.
I am curious as to what other members did with the maintenance and/or replacement of the Drippless fitting. This one has worked flawlessly since I purchased the boat in 2008. It is soft, pliable to the touch, has plenty of tension, does not leak, etc. Boatyard says "don't make waves". But, I see all those ads, etc. about 10 yr replacement. BTW, I called PYY Dripless and asked. Said if it doesn't leak and has tension, no stiffening of the rubber - Go with it. What say other owners? Thanks.
Stewart Napoleon
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Old Greenwich Yacht Club
Greenwich, CT
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Jeff Tancock

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Re: Drippless
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2015, 09:16:09 AM »

I reluctantly replaced mine a month ago.
I installed it in 1998 and it looked fine, but I read about the need to replace it.
When I first bought I was told that it would last at least 20 years, then a some years ago I read that it should be replaced sooner at maybe 12-14 years. Then 2 years ago I phoned them and the guy said they recommended replacing the bellows after 6 years!
I'm thinking they are worried about liability issues maybe?
Out of concern for insurance coverage I went ahead and changed it out when I hauled for my bottom. When I inspected it after it was removed I was not surprised to see that it was just fine. No sign of any stiffening or wear.
Didn't need to be changed, but it had to be done eventually anyway. I don't expect to be doing it again in 6 years though.....
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